Writing the Perfect Character
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Every future generation will know Harry Potter the moment his name is spoken. Of course, when you write a character who ends up with his own Universal theme park, that isn’t a shock. But that young man, his friends, and his magical universe came from the mind of J.K. Rowling. Out of the blue, she arrived on the scene and brought with her pages filled with characters and locations that became one of, if not the, most popular series of all time. Now, can other authors write something of that magnitude that becomes that popular? Actually, yes. Is it difficult? You bet it is!

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Avoiding Agent Scams, New and Old
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I recently heard about a new kink in the old upfront-fee scam that less-than-ethical agents tend to use. I thought authors were getting wise to such things, but this scam and similar ones are getting worse if only because of they are finding new twists on old cons.

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OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: The 2022-2023 Literary Awards Program
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Today, we’re excited to share with you that the 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards program is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

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Location Takes the Lead
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Can a location be an actual physical character that improves a story? The answer is not only a resounding YES, choosing a setting is a skill that should be mastered.

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Hashtags: Friends Not Foes
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Don’t let hashtags intimidate or annoy you – use them to your advantage. Carolyn Howard-Johnson shows us how.

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Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul? Who, Me?
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Chicken Soup for the Soul, the best-selling trade paperback series in the history of publishing, is a great market for beginning and experienced writers alike.

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How to Make Editing Less Arduous
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Do you cringe at the thought of editing your manuscript? Today Dan Rice discusses how to gain valuable insight struggling through the editorial process.

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What We Write Matters
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Words still matter. Perhaps, today more than ever. What we say and what we write carries weight, makes a difference.

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What Goes into Making a Stunning Book Cover?
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Covers are important. People do judge a book by the cover. If your cover is an obvious Photoshop, lots of readers will ignore it. If you are part of a marketing group, you need to have a top-five cover to ensure you are getting more clicks. I always ask myself, if I went to the bookstore and put my book on the shelf, would it stand out for the right reasons?

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The Art of Ghostwriting
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Ever considered using a ghostwriter? Today Michael J. Coffino discusses the essential attributes for an effective ghostwriter-author relationship.

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